Two months -- for not doing the community service, not for the false claim itself. Of course.
A Moray woman who made false accusations of rape was jailed for two months yesterday for failing to complete 180 hours of community service.
Evelyn McCall, of 24 Chanonry Road, Elgin, appeared before Elgin Sheriff Court on a warrant after breaching the order she was sentenced to in 2007. She admitted the offence. That year McCall, 27, told police at 118 Fowler Avenue, Aberdeen, and at the police station at Bucksburn, that she had been raped by a man she did not know.
She claimed her attacker had been at a party in a flat near to where she had lived at the time. It was discovered that she had made up the allegation and she was found guilty of wasting police time and sentenced to the community service at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
McCall’s solicitor Stephen Carty said his client had been homeless but now had her own accommodation in Elgin.
He added: “She has been trying to do her best as far as she is concerned. Certainly she now has a permanent address after a period of time without one.”
Sheriff Ian Cameron told her: “You were ordered in Aberdeen Sheriff Court a long, long time ago to carry out 180 hours of community service within one year from the date.
“You have not done that. You have been brought before the court on a number of occasions. You still have just over 100 hours to do.
“This was a serious offence making a false complaint of rape. I do not think there is any point in extending any hope that you will carry out any community service.”